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British Intelligence

Published 1940
Topics Mystery, Suspense

During WWI pretty German master spy Helene von Lorbeer is sent undercover to London to live with the family of a high-placed British official where she is to rendezvous with the butler Valdar, also a spy, and help him transmit secret war plans back to Germany.

Run time 61 min
Producer Bryan Foy
Production Company Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviewer: Spuzz - - July 10, 2013
Subject: Who's on First?
Despite it becoming preachy in the end, this little film is a fun secret agent, double crossing, triple, hell, even quadruple crossing movie that has some real fun twists to keep you guessing who's the good guys (British!) and who's the bad guy (Nazi!) Karloff here plays a butler to a high ranking official in the british government. But wait, who is he really? This was one of the best movies I've seen Karloff in actually. A lot of fun here.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - - February 17, 2011
Subject: Boris as a spy?
And a French butler all rolled into one? pretty darned good by the king of scream if you ask me.. I enjoyed this very much and never lost track except when a few words were garbled. They really didn't give the real German away till the end which was great although you know one of them is..but which one?
Reviewer: porterville - - October 27, 2010
Subject: Boris Karloff & Margaret Lindsay Do Well In "British Intelligence"
A very good spy drama starring Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay. This is a movie that requires much attention in order to intelligently follow the twists and turns in the plot. Other reviewers have written about the plot and some of the nuances in this fine film. I enjoyed the main actors and the supporting cast.
Reviewer: DJ Psychomike - - May 26, 2009
Subject: Karloff Saves The Film
A lack of excitement and so-so acting mars this film, not to mention a confusing plot. Karloff however does a great job and easily steals the film.

If you like Karloff you'll like it. Don't know if I'd recommend it otherwise.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - May 20, 2009
Subject: It's a thriller
This is a pretty good potboiler set in 1917 with spies, spies and more spies. Everything ties up, and it all makes sense. Made in 1940 Britain, it clearly was intended as propaganda. Acting is good; the play between Boris Karloff's character, Valdar, and Margaret Lindsay's character, Helene, was fun to watch.

I downloaded the 359MB mpeg4 file. The video was noticeably choppy at times, like it was made at less than 24fps. The audio was fine.
Reviewer: Aitchondo - - January 14, 2009
Subject: British Intelligence
Great story. Great Actor (Boris). I thought I had her figured, but really didn't know until the end. Watch it. You won't be sorry.
Reviewer: sciwriter - - June 14, 2007
Subject: A tale well calculated to keep you in suspense
Outstanding! Suspense until the end. Beats the James Bond movies.
Reviewer: jimelena - - December 13, 2006
Subject: I think it was good
I had to sit through it several times before it kept my attention.
But in the end I think it was good, just not sure.
In general I like this kind of stuff so what the heck, it's great, I think.
Reviewer: usflalouis - - October 10, 2006
Subject: British Intelligence
this is an outstanding movie. great storyline. performance by Karloff was as always top of the line. Our lady spy did an excellent job of keeping u confused as to whom she worked.

Great refresher of world war 1 history.
Reviewer: terracesider - - January 6, 2006
Subject: Attnention required
This is not a film for casual viewing. Pay close attention from the very beginning and you will be rewarded ny being able to follow the twists and turns as this intelligently scripted, complex plot unfolds.
Reviewer: specs - - December 5, 2005
Subject: british intelligence
I am biasied. I enjoy Mr W.H. Pratt's films(that's Boris Karloff to all uninform people). He made this film for Warner Brothers because he
was not unforunately a big enough star to Unversial(eventhough his films brought that company out of the red in the 1930's) He made many films including the Wong Series as eating money. BI is your standard war film, but Mr. Karloff's performance does make this average film worth watching.
Reviewer: Bro Bubba - - October 31, 2005
Subject: Interesting
Interesting piece historically. Pretty good spy mystery. Lots of digital junk on the download tho.
Reviewer: rexrobards - - October 15, 2005
Subject: The Mummy Returns
Boris Karloff plays a domestic servant involved in espionage during World War I, in a film that is filled with so many double agents that you won't be able to figure out who is on which side until the film ends.
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